Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,105,000
Catalog: KM-192
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.00 Grams
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1938 S 5C MS obverse 1938 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The practice by many collectors of acquiring fresh rolls of each date/mint issue was well established by 1938, and so it was that the 1938 S nickel became far more available to later generations than it would seem from its low mintage. Gems are plentiful, though perhaps a little less so than for 1938(P) and 1938 D nickels.

This issue may be found well struck overall, though it is quite rare with even just five full steps. Most coins, however, show overused dies with somewhat eroded details. In rare instances these dies were aggressively repolished, and this accounts for the few pieces certified as prooflike (PL). This was a recurring practice at the San Francisco Mint, and PL nickels having shallow details became increasingly common during the late 1940s and early 50s.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/7/2014

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1938 S 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1.10 1.35 1.65 1.90 2.40 2.40 3.00 3.30 3.60 3.90 4.00 4.20 5.00 8.00 16.00 22.50 50.00 380 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 75.00 - -
1938 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 52.50 250 520 5500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1938 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2600 - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1092
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67


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1/14/2015 MS 67  Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions 2015 January 13 - 14 World Coins & Ancient Coins - Dallas Session(1), 3038/Lot# 34108


Auction Prices Realized

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3/13/1996 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 0823, 823/Lot# 234 $26.75
11/5/2006 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2282, 2282/Lot# 2521 $95.20
12/5/2006 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #26122, 26122/Lot# 13298 $25.00
5/7/2007 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2364, 2364/Lot# 1159 $53.00
5/12/2008 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 246, 252/Lot# 226 $16.00
7/31/2009 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions 2009 August Los Angeles, CA US Coin Auction #1128, 1128/Lot# 7543 $402.50
7/17/2011 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/17/2011, 127/Lot# 6303 $55.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33366669912121212162867115201958127114272087
3346667910121212132041831444531062132316470
0000007910121212132041831444531062132300
0000008911121212152454991727061167137500
1938 S 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333666699121220202841230783123941415367585316842
3346667910121520233210441493522064550552995160
0000007910121520233210441493522064550552900
00000089111217202537167599108731744958569100
1938 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33366669912121616243721272511663984518056567431
334666791012131619289538387221054383533962480
000000791012131619289538387221054383533900
00000089111215162133154554101930454781549700
1938 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33366669912375981123201502820280738858445916011652
334666791020446695149301608148231665405868399910
000000791020446695149301608148231665405868300
0000008911295274109175402714214535266925892200
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Grade: MS 66 5FS
Points: 1166
Owner: rockhobby
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 958
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
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